There are various applications available from Hostpoint that you can install on your server. The content management system WordPress is one of them – even better, it’s free. And as soon as an update becomes available, we release the latest version. But to benefit from an update, you must first install it. In all honesty now – when did you last update your applications? If it’s been quite a while, or if you’ve never updated at all, you really should catch up now.

In your Control Panel, click on “Applications” under “Websites”. You will see an overview divided into “Installed Applications” and “Available Applications”. Check the list of installed applications; an exclamation point in a yellow circle will indicate any available update that you haven’t yet installed yet but should. Right then and there would be a good idea. Updating is as easy as installing: just click on “Update” and accept the terms of use – that’s it!

Don’t give hackers and scammers a chance

Update your apps
There are two distinct advantages to regularly updating your applications. Not only will you benefit from new functions added to the programs, you’ll be protecting the computers of the visitors to your website from malicious software. Hackers and crooks try to find weaknesses and open backdoors in older program versions to spread worms or viruses. Google alone blocks 9500 malware and phishing websites on any given day. Many of these are manipulated Internet sites of owners who know nothing about it and are actually innocent – except for the fact that they have given hackers and crooks a chance to distribute their malicious programs.

Don’t let it come to this – protect your site visitors from malicious attacks originating from the Internet. It’s best to check once a month in your Control Panel whether your applications are up-to-date or whether there is an update available.

Don’t give hackers and scammers a chance!

Thomas Brühwiler

Thomas Brühwiler is Hostpoint's Head of Communication and also responsible for all activities in the social media field. He was already typing on a Commodore 64 in his very young years – he used to copy pages of BASIC code from magazines. Often he had to accept that the program didn’t run because an error had sneaked into the jumble of characters. Today he cannot imagine his life without computers, in spite of those experiences.